dianneDr. Dianne Sykes

Associate Professor of Sociology

Specializations: Multicultural Education, Social Concepts

(704) 406-3915



Education: Ph.D., M.S. Texas A&M University; B.S. George Fox University


Professor Sykes research has focused on a variety of areas, including multicultural education, rural telecommunications for hospitals, advertising in the food industry, and child development through television programing. An active faculty advisor, student-centered professor, and member of the American Sociological Association, she teaches courses on Juvenile Delinquency, Minority Groups, and Social Services.


Selected Books and Articles by Dr. Sykes

“Multicultural Education and Mexican Americans,” Latino Studies Journal


“Finding Ourselves in Each Other: Barney and the Other-Directed Child.” Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology. (23)3:85-93.


“Food as pleasure: Other Directedness in Food Ads.” Food and Society. (6:2) 49-56.


Selected Presentations:

“Finding Society in Survivor: Teaching Social Concepts with Reality Television,” American Society of Humanistic Sociology.


“To All Who Come to this Place, Welcome: Postemotionalism and Its Discontents,” American Sociological Association, Washington, DC.


“The Little Girl was Saved: Organizational Stories and the Adoption and Diffusion of Telemedicine,” American Sociological Association, San Francisco



American Sociological Association


Curriculum Vitae